May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Speech and Language Pathologists like to use this month to educate and teach others more about what we do and how to better ourselves as clinicians. As an SLP, we work with many therapists OT, PT and BCBAs. Many of us use the same vocabulary and many terms can differ. As an SLP working in a team with BCBAs it is vital to know what we are all talking about! I could say “toMAYto” and a BCBA could say, “toMAHto,” but we really just want to get along and understand each other! We came together and created a vocabulary list to better understand each other.
Here are some of the common terms we both use and how we really are meaning the same thing!
Some of the common speech terms that overlap with BCBA terminology is listed. The Speech term is first then the ABA term: Requesting-Manding, Labeling-Tacting, Imitation- Echoic, and Fill in- intra-verbal. Knowing these basic terms will help the SLP and BCBA and ABA therapist to understand each other. We may speak different languages but we are all trying to come together and work as a team to get the same result.
— Hannah Trahan, MS CCC-SLP & Nicole LeMaster, MA BCBA
|Fill in||Intraverbal Fill in|
|Open ended question||Intraverbals|
|Code switch||a different means of interacting with people based on your learning history with them. Ex: the way you talk with friends vs. the way you talk with co-workers|
|Motor planning||being able to complete the steps necessary to do an activity. Being able to move your body to get the job done.|
|Executive functioning||Problem solving|
|Therapy of mind||Perspective taking|
|Central coherence||ability to focus on details as well as the whole picture|
|AAC||Alternative Augmentative Communication|
|Fluency||smooth, rhythmic, effortless speech|